Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Song Of The Day - Stone Temple Pilots

Today's song of the day is from the Stone Temple Pilots, an often defunct but resurrected band that dates back nearly two decades ago.

"Interstate Love Song" is off of their second album, Purple, and to this day it remains one of their biggest hits. In fact, the song set a then record atop the Billboard Charts in the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks category as it stuck claim to the number one spot for 15 consecutive weeks.

Lead singer Scott Weiland claims the lyrics for the song were written about his troubles with his then girlfriend and heroin. After completion of the album, Weiland checked himself into a detox clinic in the first of several attempts to kick his ugly habit.

Say what you will about rock and roll and drugs but there's no denying the fact that many great musicians depended on the very substance(s) that ruined their lives. Ray Charles, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix come to mind but the list goes on...

While I don't condone his drug use I have nothing but positive things to say about his collegiate football affiliation. Check out part 1 and part 2 of his interview with the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette from May 2009 as he talks about his affinity for Notre Dame.

Weiland is quite openly a 'huge' ND fan and helped illustrate that fact while tailgating two weekends ago in South Bend. Instead of using his hands to catch a ball he decided he'd give his face a try. The football won.

As for the Stone Temple Pilots, they are reunited once again and back on tour. Rumor has it that they are due out for an album sometime within the next year.

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